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Historical events in 1862 see what famous scandalous and important events happened in 1862 or search by date or keyword. Events january january 3 american civil war battle of cockpit point fought in virginia january 8 american civil war battle of roans tan yard in missouri january 10 john gately downey 7th governor of california is succeeded by amasa leland stanford january 19 american civil war battle of mill springs in kentucky january 30 the first us ironclad warship uss . Union capture of a key fort on the tennessee river by us grant much of the confederate garrison retreated to fort donelson the confederate command decided to make a stand at donelson but only sent 12000 men who were soon faced by grants army of 25000 the fort surrendered but only after . What happened and who was famous in 1862 browse significant and historic events world leaders famous birthdays and notable deaths from the year 1862